jeudi 20 juillet 2017

José Hoebee in Party: "We feel like we are sisters!"

The latest issue of Party magazine features an article about Luv's singer José Hoebee. The songstress discusses the recent anniversary party of Luv' that took place at the Quatre Bras restaurant in Best, NL (see news posted on July 9th, 2017). 

"It was so great and we had lots of fun. Everybody was enthusiastic and the weather was fantastic. People came from far away to celebrate the party with us. It was a lucky moment that lasted six hours," José tells. 

Patty Brard didn't attend the event. Some media wrote that she was missing. "We didn't miss anybody," José asserts. "To me, Patty belongs to my past. Our collaboration is over. If I thought that Patty would come to the party? It may sound weird but I didn't think about it. The media underline her absence. Of course, Patty is part the history of Luv'. But she declared that she didn't want to be associated with Luv' anymore. This is her choice," José explains. 

Someone else was missing too: record producer and songwriter Hans van Hemert who launched the group in 1977.  Recently, he seriously injured after falling from a tree on his property in the South of France (see news posted on July 5th, 2017). Now he is wearing a corset. 

Luv' performed their greatest hits during their performance. The audience sang along which created a wonderful atmosphere. "We wanted to shorten our show because of the heat. Fans shouted "We want more! so the show lasted longer than expected," José adds.

Moreover, Luv's lead singer expresses satisfaction with the current line-up of the trio. "I've known Marga for forty years. If she doesn't call for a day I think that there's something going on. We have daily contact even if she is in her house in Ibiza. With Ria everything's fine too. We feel like we are sisters!," she says enthusiastically.  

Source: Party

lundi 3 juillet 2017

35th anniversary of "I Will Follow Him" at #1 on the Dutch Top 40!!!

35 years ago eaxctly, on July 3rd, 1982 José Hoebee hit the number one spot on the Dutch Top 40 with "I Will Follow Him" (which was originally performed in 1963 by Little Peggy March).  This single later became a #1 hit in Belgium as well. One year after Luv's first break-up, José proved that she could be successful on her own, especially with  cover versions of American pop songs. 

Song history

I Will Follow Him was originally a French tune entitled "Chariot" written by Frank Pourcel (as J.W. Stole) and Paul Mauriat (as Del Roma). It was first recorded by "Frank Pourcel et Son Grand Orchestre" and appeared as an instrumental piece on the 1961 French LP "Amour, danse et violons No. 17". Jacques Plante wrote French lyrics and British vocalist Petula Clark recorded the track which became very popular in France. 

Chariot by Petula Clark 

The song was later adapted in English by Arthur Altman and Norman Gimbel. 15-year old artist Little Peggy March performed it as "I Will Follow Him" and made it a world sensation when it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1963 in USA.

 I Will Follow Him by Peggy March

Nearly 20 years later, José covered it and let Pim Koopman (a former member of Dutch band Kayak) produced it. The famous sister duo Maywood (whose greatest hits were produced by Koopman) did the backing vocals. CNR/Carrere released José's rendition of "I Will Follow Him" as a single in Benelux and licensed it to various labels in Europe: Metronome Musik in German speaking countries, Barclay Records in France (where Luv's dark-haired singer was strangely credited as "José José") and WEA in Spain (where the artist's name was spelled "Yozé"). It became an instant success in the Netherlands (#1 on the Dutch Top 40 on July 3rd 1982 and #2 on the Nationale Hitparade) as well as in Belgium (#1 on BRT Top 30). Miss Hoebee was one of the few female artists who had a #1 hit single in Holland as a member of a group and as a solo singer. Diana Ross (of The Supremes), Yvonne Keeley (of The Star Sisters) and Sita (of K-Otic) established the same record in the charts. Moreover, José's single eventually sold 100.000 copies in Benelux and peaked at #6 on the Europarade (a list combining the charts of ten European countries)

José on AVRO's TopPop in 1982

José on Nederland Muziekland

WWF Club (Germany)

Official music video

José on Veronica Awards show 

Dutch cover of I Will Follow Him by José

French release

Spanish release

German version

Due to the fact that 'I Will Follow Him" became a chart topper in Holland, José won a Veronica Award in 1982. 

To celebrate the success of "I Will Follow Him", a party was held with the artist and her friends.

Pictures courtesy of Jos Theuns & Peter Boonstra:

José, Maywood and Pim Koopman

Bonnie St. Claire and Maywood congratulating José on her #1 hit

José and her producer Pim Koopman

I Will Follow Him enjoyed a revival in the 1990s when a scene of US comedy "Sister Act" (starring Whoopi Goldberg) featured a funny cover.

Sister act (1992) 

In 2005, Flemish producer Serge Ramaekers (who formed the New Beat group "Confetti's") remixed José's I Will Follow Him. The remix was included on the compilation "Alle hits & unieke bonustracks" and was a minor hit (#90 on the Dutch Single Top 100) in early 2006. 

In 2011, a dream came true: José and Peggy March recorded a new version of their signature song as a duet. One year later, it was released as a bonus track on Peggy's album "Always and Forever".

Peggy & José 

In late 2016, a commercial for the Apple iPhone 7 featured Nigerian-born singer Toulouse performing a slowed-down and plaintive ballad version of this classic pop hit (renamed "I Will Follow You"). It created a sensation on internet. Toulouse's cover version opened at No. 2 on Billboard and Clio’s monthly Top TV Commercials chart, on the strength of 95,000 Shazam tags, 26,000 downloads sold and 1.3 million U.S. streams tallied during the month of October 2016. The single also appeared on two other Billboard charts, climbing to No. 6 on the R&B Digital Song Sales chart and No. 17 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart. Last autumn, Billboard magazine interviewed Peggy March about this phenomenon and posted an article on its website (even mentioning José!!!). Click here to read it. 

Toulouse : I Will Follow You (2016)

Source: Wikipedia,, Billboard, YouTube, Facebook


Books by Johan van Slooten published by Gottmer Becht Groep:

  • 500 Nr. 1 Hits uit de Top 40, 1997 
  • Top 40 Hitdossier 1956-2005 (9e editie), 2006 
  • 50 Jaar nummer-1-hits 1956-2006, 2006

jeudi 22 juin 2017

Marco and Jos: more than 35 years of loyalty and friendship with José!!!

Earlier today, José Hoebee had a lunch with two of her most faithful fans (and now friends) Marco Rens and Jos Theuns at the Ambacht, a café-restaurant in Best, NL. The gentlemen have known Luv's lead singer since the early 1980s.

Marco, Jos & José at the Ambacht
(Photo credit: Marco Rens)

Jos and Marco first met their idol on December 5th, 1981 in Hilversum during the broadcast of NCRV radio show "Los Vast". At the time, José was promoting her first solo single "I'm so sorry" (see article posted on December 5th, 2016). 

José performing her debut solo single on "Los Vast" (1981)

Montage by Co Rnz

José backstage at Los Vast (1981)
Photo credit: Jos Theuns

Jos and Marco have followed the songstress in all the chapters of her life and career. 

Jos and Marco with José's mother during the Hitkrant's Zomerspelen (a summer multi-sport event with Dutch celebrities) in 1982

Hitkrant (press clipping): José with fans (incl. Marco and Jos) at her house in Hilversum in 1983

José with Jos and Marco during a live performance in Spaubeek, NL on May 5th, 1984 (Marco's birthday)

Café 't Pandje in Hilversum on November 20th, 2014

backstage picture on February 14th, 2016

Release party of the book "We All Love ABBA" at the Harbour Club in Amsterdam on May 26th, 2016

Source: Facebook, photo archives (Marco Rens and Jos Theuns)

mercredi 7 juin 2017

José's reaction to Sandra Reemer's passing

Yesterday, Sandra Reemer's passing shocked the Netherlands (see previous post). Many celebrities reacted to this sad news. Here's what José Hoebee said when she was interviewed yesterday by Dutch journalist Martin Reitsma for the newspaper "De Posthoorn": 'I'm terribly shocked and I cannot realize it. Sandra and I had been recently in contact again and because I live in North Brabant we were supposed to plan a meeting."

Source: De Posthoorn

mardi 6 juin 2017

RIP Sandra Reemer (1950 - 2017)

José Hoebee & Sandra Reemer in 2015

A sad news has been announced on websites and social media: earlier today Dutch pop singer and TV presenter Sandra Reemer has died of breast cancer at the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital in Amsterdam at age 66.

She was born on October 17th, 1950 in  Bandung, Indonesia. 

This talented vocalist represented the Netherlands three times at the Eurovision Song Contest

In 1972, she sang "Als Het Om De Liefde Gaat" with Andres, finishing 4th. This track was produced by Luv's father Hans van Hemert

In 1976, she performed "The Party's Over" (also produced by Van Hemert), finishing 9th

In 1979 she returned as Xandra with "Colorado", finishing 12th. This song was co-written by Ferdi Bolland (who was also Sandra Reemer's husband for some time). 

In 1983 she returned to the Eurovision Song Contest, this time as a backup singer for Bernadette who sang "Sing Me A Song" (written by Piet Souer and Martin Duiser). 

Between 1966 and 1975, she was part of the duo "Sandra & Andres". They scored 14 Dutch Top 40 hits

Sandra & Andres 

In the 1980s she went solo. She later hosted TV shows (including Wedden, dat..? (1986-1988) on AVRO and "Showmasters" (1988-1989) on NCRV. In the early 1990s, she was involved in several RTL 4 programs ("De Betere Sexe" (1990), "Kans voor een Kind" (1992), "Sandra's Verjaardagsshow" (1992 -1993), "De Zaterdagavond Show" (1992 - 1993) and "Het Beste Van 4" (1993).

In 2000, Sandra teamed up with former ESC participants Marga Bult (1987) and Sjoukje Smit (1980 as Maggie MacNeal) to form The Dutch Divas. In 2001, the ladies scored a minor hit "From New York to L.A" (a cover version of a Patsy Gallant disco classic) on the Dutch Top 100. In 2005, Sandra left the girl group.

Marga, Sandra & Sjouke aka The Dutch Divas

In early 2017, she appeared on the MAX/NPO 1's reality show "Gouden Jaren: Indonesië" (based on BBC One's "The Real Marigold Hotel"). 

In an interview published in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf in March this year, she spoke openly about her cancer diagnosis: "You think or hope it's nothing and that it will go away. My doctor urged me to go to hospital but I always had some sort of excuse to avoid it. Eventually I was diagnosed with breast cancer." Treatment was unfortunately not successful.

On December 14th, 2015 José Hoebee met her at a Christmas drink at NORMA (a foundation in charge of neighbouring rights organization for musicians and actors) in Amsterdam (see news posted on December 20th, 2015). The two singers had a lot in common. They were from the same generation and were part of Hans van Hemert's artist roster.

José wrote a message on her Facebook page:

" many kind messages. People are shocked by your too...I don't want to add something else....Actually we've become closer recently....We clicked....She always sent me nice Whatsapp messages anytime I posted one of her songs...Our convivial appointment won't happen...For Sandra here's another beautiful song.....".  She added a YouTube video of "Storybook children" by Sandra & Andres to her text. 

Hans van Hemert paid tribute to the late artist and posted a couple of her songs on his Facebook page. "I was so proud when you sang this track. I haven't listened to it for years. What a warm and beautiful voice," he wrote. He added a YouTube video of "Love Me Honey" (from 1975) to his message. 

Hans van Hemert & Sandra Reemer at the Nationaal Songfestival (Dutch preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest) in 1976

We would like to express our condolences to family, friends and fans of Sandra Reemer. May she rest in peace.

Source: Facebook,, Het Parool, NOS, Volkskrant, NRC, Telegraaf, Eurovision TV, Wikipedia,

dimanche 28 mai 2017

Toontje celebrates his 10th birthday!!!

Today Toontje (José Hoebee's dog) celebrates his 10th birthday!!!!

Hartelijk Gefeliciteerd Met Je Verjaardag!!!

Video by Co Rnz

Source: José Hoebee's Official Facebook Page

mardi 23 mai 2017

Interview with José on Volgspot (NPO Radio 5)

Yesterday, José Hoebee was interviewed by Hijlco Span on his show "Volgspot" on NPO Radio 5. Currently, the radio station is celebrating the "week of the 1970s". As a member of Holland's greatest girl group, José discussed her amazing career with Luv'. Dutch jazz and musical singer Gerrie van der Klei took also part in the program. The ladies clicked immediately.

Click here to listen to "Volgspot". 

Photo courtesy of David Hay Gibson

Gerrie and José

Source: NPO Radio 5, Facebook....